Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard - Black

49-key Synthesizer with 25-voice Polyphony, Virtual Analog, Wavetable, and Sample-based Oscillators, 60MB Sample Memory, and Over 1,000 Sounds
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The Blofeld Synth Keyboard - Black Limited Edition

The Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard synthesizer takes the renowned Blofeld synth module to its next logical destination: integrated with a quality, special edition black keyboard! That's just the beginning; the Blofeld Keyboard gives you 49 weighted keys with aftertouch, 25-voice polyphony, pitch bend and modulation wheels, and 60MB sample memory right onboard. You get over 1,000 amazing sounds right out of the box, plus fast USB 2.0 connectivity to update your samples. Packed with features and built to last, he Blofeld Keyboard is ready for the studio or the road!

It would be easy to write the Blofeld Keyboard off as simply the Blofeld module attached to a keyboard chassis - but that would completely discount the fact that this version also boasts 60MB of sample memory that lets you import your own sample library for a limitless amount of sonic flexibility!

Like its desktop counterpart, the Blofeld Keyboard combines incredible-sounding analog-modeled circuitry with the power, convenience, and accessibility of modern digital features, all packaged within a tidy and easy-to-navigate user interface.

There are over 1,000 sounds available right out of the box and virtual analog, wavetable, and sample based oscillators coupled with the comprehensive effects section let you push your creations into new territory. This gem is a must-have for any serious synth fan!

Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard Virtual Analog 49-key Hardware Synth Features:
  • 49 keys
  • 60MB sample memory
  • High-quality standard keyboard with 49 weighted keys and aftertouch
  • 16-part multimode
  • Maximum 25 voices polyphony
  • Class compliant USB MIDI for PC, Mac and Linux Internal power supply
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheel
  • Virtual analog, wavetable, and sample based oscillators
  • MIDI in/out
  • Sturdy metal case
  • Stainless steel rotary encoders
  • Backlit 128x64 pixel LCD
  • Over 1,000 sounds
  • Three oscillators, two filters per voice
  • Frequency modulation for oscillators and filters
  • Selectable drive curves
  • Three LFO, four envelopes per voice
  • Extensive modulation capabilities
  • Complex arpeggiator
  • Powerful effects section
  • Weight: approximately 17.6 lbs.
The Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard is a synth lover's dream!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Modeling
Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Weighted
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Polyphony 25 Notes
Wave Memory 60MB
Number of Effects 7
Effects Types Reverb, Chorus, Flanger, Overdrive, Delay, Phaser, Ring Modulation
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Outputs 2 x TRS
USB 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out
Pedal Inputs 1
Power Supply 100-240V
Height 3.9"
Width 29.1"
Depth 10.8"
Weight 17.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number WDF-BKY-1B

Customer Reviews

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3.5/5

So many good things...

What is great about it is the build quality. Great key bed, rugged chassis, knobs and switches, no wall wart and nice display. What's not so great is the sound. It is fairly easy to program, and has a lot of nice features, but the oscillators and the filter are lack luster compared to other digital and hybrid synthesizers that are currently available, even some others by Waldorf. If you like the sound then you won't be disappointed in the unit, but if you are expecting a lush rich classic synth sound, consider carefully. I wanted to love it, but I didn't.
Music background: Recording Engineer
2/5

Blofeld Keyboard - Hmmmm.....

Having a long, multi-decade history with Waldorf synths, the Blofeld sadly comes off as an inexpensive imposter. This "synth" feels more like a sample-playback device than a true synthesizer - complete with samples that vary DRASTICALLY in volume and tuning, choppy loop points, hundreds of presets that are built from the same small set of actual raw samples, etc. Just switching between patches, you will notice how both volume and pitch vary dramatically. This keyboard lacks the spectral excitement and fatness of some of the previous Waldorf synths like the XTk or the Q. Having used those synths extensively on numerous techno tracks in the early 2000's, i was expecting so much more from this keyboard. There are still OS issues that cause this keyboard to randomly freeze or become unresponsive with no warning. Rebooting is the only way to solve these issues. I understand the Blofeld costs 1/3 the other synths I have mentioned. However, Waldorf no longer offers upper-end synths so I purchased what they manufacture today. The Blofeld is useful for special effects, mental soundscapes, and throwback patches from the early Depeche Mode era. However, if you are looking for a well-crafted synthesizer with sounds that are actually useful and full front-panel controls, look elsewhere. Waldorf - please create something down the road besides plug-ins and special effects toys like this model. People will buy it.
Music background: Mastering Engineer, Remix Engineer
See also: Waldorf, Waldorf Synthesizers